Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs


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HTA announcement on inspections and regulatory assessments

Following on from our announcement earlier this year on the postponement of our inspection activity, we can now confirm that there will be no scheduled site visit inspections this business year. 

Issue date:12 October 2020

HTA announces licence fees for 2021/22

Today the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) has published licence fee levels for the 2021/22 business year.We have not made any changes to licence fees for 2021/22 and we have replicated the same fees structure as last year. We have done this:

Issue date:21 December 2020

The HTA publishes its Strategy 2020-23 and annual Business Plan for 2020/21

The HTA has published its three-year Strategy 2020-23 and annual Business Plan for 2020/21. The Strategy sets out a longer-term view of organisational priorities and activities that will support the ongoing delivery and development of effective regulation.

Issue date:13 November 2020

HTA Portal unavailable

The HTA Portal is temporarily offline due to maintenance and essential upgrade work, but will be back up and running by Monday 2 November. You will NOT be able to submit incident reports as usual until the Portal is back online.

Issue date:30 October 2020

HTA Chair Lynne Berry receives a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to our Chair, Lynne Berry, who we are delighted to share has been awarded a CBE. 

Issue date:11 October 2020

HTA Public Authority meeting 2020 

Every year, the HTA holds a public Authority meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for members of the public to attend and ask our Authority Members (the HTA Board) and the HTA’s Senior Management Team questions about our work in person. 

Issue date:17 September 2020

Ministers seeking to make up to five appointments to the HTA Board

Ministers are seeking to make up to five appointments to the board of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). As a Member of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) you will:

Issue date:07 September 2020

Changes to the way we publish information on HTARIs and SAEARs

In line with the HTA’s commitment to increase transparency, we publish details about the volume and nature of incidents that are reported to us.

Issue date:30 June 2020

The HTA publishes its revised Code of Practice F to reflect the introduction of deemed consent for organ and tissue donation in England

From today, the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 introduces a system of deemed consent for organ and tissue donation in England.  

Issue date:18 May 2020

HTA postpones upcoming inspections in response to the current circumstances around COVID-19

We have taken a decision to postpone any scheduled inspections between now and the end of September, due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases across the UK, and have contacted all establishments affected. 

Issue date:17 March 2020

Government confirms organ donation system change in England on 20 May

Today, the government has announced that the new law to implement a system of deemed consent for organ and tissue donation (also known as an ‘opt out’ system) will be introduced in England on 20 May 2020.  

Issue date:25 February 2020